Teaching English in Ukraine

Ukraine Overview

Demand for English tuition is growing considerably in Ukraine and there are lots of opportunities to freelance as a private tutor. The cost of living is low and the average TEFL wage will go a long way here. It would appear that Ukraine is one of the easiest places for teachers without an EU passport to find work and obtain a work permit. As in most countries, some language centres are better than others so do as much research as possible before signing contracts. The British Council and International House are both very reputable employers.

Type of Institution Typical salary (USD/month) Typical hours Typical annual leave
Language centres 900 – 1,200 Various but usually including some evening and weekend shifts 2 weeks plus national holidays
International schools and universities 2,000 upwards 9am – 4pm Monday to Friday plus some weekend work 10 weeks plus national holidays

Main places for jobs

Kiev, Odessa.

Typical requirements

Degree, TEFL certificate.


1. American teachers with little or no experience may consider looking at volunteering opportunities with various North American university cultural exchange programs.

2. The best time to look for work is after the summer break. Many classes begin in September.

3. It is worth complementing your income with private classes which are easy to find once you have made contacts.

Red tape

Most TEFL teachers arrive on a tourist visa and set about obtaining the relevant work permit once they have found a permanent position. Note that corruption is common in Ukraine.

Cost of living

The cost of living remains low and average TEFL salaries are more than adequate (especially if you take on private classes in your spare time).

Tax and salary information

Employers generally pay your income tax for you and as usual you should expect to be paid on a monthly basis.


Growing demand for English tuition with new language centres opening Corruption persists
Lots of opportunities for private classes so teachers with initiative should have sufficient funds to live reasonably well Rather low salaries for those unwilling to freelance in their spare time
Warm and hospitable local people and hard-working students Not many opportunities for professional development

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  1. GabeMaurer says:

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